Author: Janine Moore

Lyme Hall and Park, A Cheshire Delight

Lyme Hall is a grade l listed building set amongst the most ornate gardens and surrounded by 1300 acres of estate and deer park which is made up of moorland and woodland in Disley, Stockport, in Cheshire. Lyme Hall was originally a hunting lodge built in a remote location overlooking the Cheshire plains. The first record of a house being on the site was from a manuscript dated 1465 but it wasn’t until much later that this was demolished and a much grander palatial hall was built on the site. During the early part of the eighteenth century the Venetian architect, Giacomo Lioni was appointed to make changes to the hall including the courtyard and other...

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A Cornish Escape, Tin Mines and Coves

It was August bank holiday and my family and I decided on a spontaneous getaway in Cornwall. We packed up our camping gear and drove down towards Penzance, Cornwall, we towed a camping trailer with tents and camping gear and our second eldest son and his fiancée followed behind in their car.  A weekend of camping, of gorgeous beaches, tin mines and coves, oh and pirates, lots of pirates! The drive to Cornwall from Nottinghamshire was roughly 320 miles which by rights should have taken (According to Google) 5hrs 30mins, but on a Friday before the bank holiday weekend, a total nightmare, so much congestion! We arrived...

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Cap Gris Nez and the Todt Battery, Northern France

My family and I were in France for a 4-day break, we drove along the beautiful coastal D940 route from the port of Calais after arriving early that morning on the Eurotunnel, our plan was to explore the coast, it’s villages and history. On route, we found many fascinating and scenic locations including Cap Gris Nez which literally translated is “Cape Grey Nose “and is the closest point across the channel from France to England, at a mere 34km (21 miles.) Having an early start to the day and plenty of time on our hands we decided to park up and go for a wander up to Cap Gris Nez which is in the Pas-de-Calais...

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The Opal Coast, A Weekend in France

For our first holiday in Northern France we thought it might be fun to combine a long weekend, a road trip and a birthday, destination Condette in the Pas-de-Calais region on the Opal coast.  The Cote d’Opal is steeped in history and the beaches are stunning from Calais, through to Bais de Somme. My family and I drove down from Nottinghamshire through the night to board the Eurotunnel at Folkstone in Kent and arrived a mere 35 minutes later in Calais early in the morning, we headed to the D940 coastal road, a back road with beautiful, yet quiet beaches with sand so fine that it squeaks beneath your...

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Meandering along the River Rivelin, South Yorkshire

The Rivelin valley holds hidden beauty and some of the history of Sheffield’s mills. Today the valley is a wonderful area to discover lovely picturesque waterfalls and stepping stones along with a tranquil, laid back atmosphere, a perfect place to meander along and find time to enjoy this enchanting nature trail through the valley. It’s surprising how peaceful it feels to be in the valley and beside the river Rivelin with the main road, the A57 just a stone’s throw away. The Rivelin valley was once a hive of activity, with water powered mills throughout. The Rivelin corn mill was first noted in 1632 but could have dated back to 1600 belonging to the Earls of Shrewsbury and later the Dukes of Norfolk and recorded at the time as the only water powered...

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Damflask Reservoir in the Loxley Valley, South Yorkshire

The day was calm and the skies were a gorgeous shade of blue with just a scattering of clouds as though they were placed there in perfection, the warmth of the sun on our backs as we began our stroll around Damflask reservoir, just heavenly. Sun cream was certainly required on this day, though this is an absolute beaut of a circuit with partial tree coverage over a generous part of the track making it easy in any weather and with a very well-maintained pathway all around it is accessible to all.  The circuit around Damflask reservoir is only...

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